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Christian man has been found beheaded in Eastern Indian state of Odisha.

Mar 3 Christian Today

Local church members believe was an anti-Christian attack, dismissing a police claim that he was killed by Maoist rebels.
The body of 40-year-old Anant Ram Gand was found on Feb. 11 on a road in Bhenas village of Nabarangapur district.
A local pastor Chandan Jani told ucanews.com that the victim's throat was slit and his head had been crushed by a heavy object. Gand is survived by his wife, four girls and a boy. He and his family became Christians three years ago but local Hindu villagers opposed their...

325 Hate Crimes Against Christians in India in 2018

March 3 Christian Today

The northern Indian state of Utter Pradesh (UP) witnessed 94 incidents in total against Christians, between the months of September and December 2018 alone. In comparison, the number of incidents against Christians recorded in the state in 2017 were only 50 for the entire year. This increase can be attributed to the targeted campaign against Christians in Eastern UP. The state of Tamil Nadu registered 40 incidents while the state of Telangana stood third with 24. Bihar and Jharkhand recorded .....

India sees rise in public lynchings of Christians

Feb 27 Catholic News

Violent attacks including public lynchings against Christians in India are reportedly becoming increasingly common, with international NGOs and the country’s Catholic bishops raising their voices in protest against mob violence.
“The common man of the country is feeling insecurity in his own country due to the increasing cases of mob lynching,” Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal wrote Feb. 27. “The common man of the country is feeling insecurity in his own country due to the increasing cases of mob lynching,”  ....

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Christian convert killed and left on the road, beheaded.

Feb 22, Worldwatch Monitor

On 11 February, Anant Ram Gand, 40, was taken from his home in the village of Raigarh Tehsil, in the district of Nabarangapur, Odisha, by three men who killed him and left his decapitated body in the middle of the road. Since his conversion to Christianity nine months ago, Anant and his family had been harassed by the villagers, the news site reported.
They were not only stopped from getting water from the public well, “he was beaten twice in 2018, ..”. .....

Christian Mother Facing False Accusation in India Is Transferred Far from Home, Sources Say

Feb 19, Morningstar News

Mob rule increasingly common in world’s largest democracy.
Days after Hindu extremists in northern India marched in protest to file a false claim against a Christian mother, her government employer transferred her to a district more than 100 miles away, sources said. Members of a Hindu-awakening movement in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh state on Wednesday (Feb. 13) staged a protest ...

Situation for India’s religious minorities is at tipping point – report.

Feb 12, Worldwatch Monitor

The number of reported incidents in the first three months of 2018 was greater than the total number of attacks in the whole of the year 2014, according to the report “We’re Indians Too” by Open Doors. The report’s incident analysis shows that since Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014, the number of violent acts against Christians, Muslims and tribal Dalits have increased..

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India: Statue of Mary set on fire in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Feb 8, 2019, Asia news

A statue of the Virgin Mary was set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, in the village of Ishgar, which falls under the diocese of Jhabua. Sajan K George says that the fire "took place on 3 February last. The statue of Mary was found burnt in the grotto of the parish of St. Joseph, about 10 km away from the archbishop's house". The Christian community, he adds, "is very disturbed and its religious sentiment is deeply wounded".......

Hindu Extremists Pressure Convert to File False Charge of conversion against Pastor.

Feb 7, Asia News

A pastor is facing criminal charges in northern India even though the complainant later denied allegations against the church leader of luring him to convert, sources said. Police in Rupaidiha village, Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 28 arrested 40-year-old pastor Dharmendra Singh on a charge of “alluring to convert” and two related charges – outraging religious feelings and promoting enmity.. .....

Legal Struggle of Doctor Reflects Wider Harassment of Christians in India by Modi's Hindu rightwing government.

Feb 7 Morningstar News

Hindu extremist government reminded that practicing one’s faith is not unlawful.Emergency medicine doctor Christo Thomas Philip was returning with his family to his native India from a medical conference in Greece when immigration officials at Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport took him into custody. His deportation from India on that  ...

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98 Christians forced to undergo reconversion to Hinduism in the northeastern state of Tripura

Jan 28 Christian Today

At least 98 Christians belonging to 23 tribal families have been "reconverted" to Hinduism in Tripura on Jan. 20, a far-right Hindu group The Hindu Jargan Manch claimed. Uttam Dey, president of the outfit said that, mostly those migrant workers from Bihar and Jharkhand, were converted to Christianity in 2010. "It is as if the lost family members had returned home," Dey added, according to Hindustan Times. The mass conversion ceremony was sponsored by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP)......

A Catholic priest was arrested on Jan. 15 on charges over the suicide of a teenage girl in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Jan 28, Christian today

Fr Prakash Damor of Jhabua Diocese was arrested more than a week after the schoolgirl was found hanging at her village home in Ranapur in MP, leaving a suicide note saying the 33-year-old priest forced her to change religion and marry him. Fr Rocky Shah, Diocesan spokesman told ucanews.com that the church officials believe the priest was framed and arrested for no fault of his own. "He will be exonerated in a court of law," he said. The non-Chrisitan teenage girl belongs to indigenous ..."

A Hindu rightwing Magazine asks India to derecognize Vatican

Feb 7, Matters India

An Indian magazine has asked the federal Indian government to derecognize the Vatican as a state. Church’s political interference should make Indian government sit up and formally take note, says an article swarajyamag.com published on February 4.
The Indian government “must either issue a cease and desist demarche to the Vatican’s representative in Delhi, or derecognize the Vatican as a state altogether” says the article.
Christians “came out to speak up against. ...

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'Four Christians arrested on false charges of forced conversions in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradeh.

Jan 7, India News

Police in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) arrested and then released four Christians, Mr. Sonu Kumar, Mr. Rakesh Maurya, Mr. Satnam and Mr. Shribaghwan, on charges of forced conversions. They were detained in Kasimaba village of Ghazipur district in UP. Mr. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), denounced "the detention". He said, though the incident occurred a few days ago, it came to light only today......

Christians Hospitalized after Terrifying Christmas Attacks in.

Dec 31 Morningstar news

Christians in India who previously experienced little or no opposition reported that Hindu extremists stoned, slashed and terrorized them this Christmas season. At least 18 incidents against Christians were reported and verified during the Christmas season, according to the Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). Of those incidents, 10 were reported from Uttar Pradesh state, three from Uttarakhand state, three from Tamil Nadu state and two from. ......

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Dec 26, Christian Today

A mob of some 300 Hindu extremists on Nov. 11 barged into the school in Amathur village, Virudhunagar District, and demanded Pastor Selva Raj who was leading a worship service to vacate the building immediately. The mob destroyed a shed in front of the building and began threatening the Sunday school children in foul language, said Raj.
"They took away the Bible storybooks and some song and activity books from the children and tore them into pieces," he told Morning Star News....

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Christian Gathering Attacked Ahead of Christmas in Maharashtra state, 12 Injured.

Dec 26 Christian Today

15 to 20 people barged into the New Life Church in Kowad village and attacked about 40 people who were offering prayers on Sunday afternoon. The attackers were carrying knives, empty beer bottles, swords and iron rods. More than 10 people were injured in the attack. One of the victims named Tanaji Patil said that the attackers also vandalized vehicles in the village. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "The cops are claiming the involvement of (Hindu) right wing."....

Christians in India Seek Police Protection during Christmas

Dec 25 Christian Today

Christians in India have sought police protection during Christmas amid fear of attacks by hard-line Hindu militants.
In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Dec. 14, the ecumenical Christian group Persecution Relief requested deployment of police personnel at Christian churches and institutions across the country and backed it up with a list of violent attacks during past Christmas seasons.
"There is high tension, unrest and a sense of deep insecurity among....

Christian gathering attacked during Sunday prayers in Maharashtra

Dec 25 Matters India

The 40-strong congregation attending the Sunday service was attacked with swords, iron rods and the bottles at the New Life Fellowship Church in Kolhapur’s Kowad, around 474km from Mumbai and close to the Karnataka border.
Eight of the injured were admitted to two hospitals in Karnataka’s Belgaum, around 20km away from the attack site. Four are still admitted in the intensive care unit. Sachin Baghde, 20, had a clot removed from his brain on Monday ....

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